Trent Robinson, the Sydney Roosters coach, has spoken out for the first time about Jason Ryles’ departure, saying it didn’t make sense to keep a staffer that wasn’t 100% committed to the team. Despite Ryles being contracted until the end of 2022, he was encouraged to explore his options, with the former Test prop ultimately accepting an offer from Craig Bellamy to be an assistant at the Melbourne Storm. Robinson quickly moved on from Ryles, giving club legends Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner an opportunity to take on a more significant role. Robinson said he’d much rather work with guys who want to be there and develop with the team, rather than “treading water.”
Robinson was asked about the role of assistant coaches and how players interacted with stars who had recently retired, and he responded positively. According to Robinson, players loved interacting with assistant coaches, viewing them as big brothers who could offer advice, banter, and share information. Friend and Cordner, he said, had already made a positive impact on the squad.
Robinson also spoke about the criticism James Tedesco received from pundits after the first game of the series between New South Wales and Queensland. Robinson brushed off the criticism, stating that Tedesco was a legendary player and workhorse who had previously delivered for the Roosters and the state team on many occasions. Robinson fully expects Tedesco to return to top form soon.